- Fellowship - University of Missouri School of Medicine (1990-1992), Academic Family Medicine
- Graduate School - University of Missouri (1990-1992), Public Health
- Residency - Duke University/FAHEC Family Medicine Residency (1987-1990), Family Medicine
- Medical School - Boston University School of Medicine (1983-1987)
F. David Schneider, M.D.
- Perry E. Gross, M.D. Distinguished Chair in Family Medicine
- Family Medicine
F. David Schneider, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.
Dr. Schneider earned his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. Following his residency in family medicine at Duke University he received advanced training in academic family medicine through a fellowship at the University of Missouri, where he also earned a master of science in public health in epidemiology.
Prior to his arrival at UT Southwestern, Dr. Schneider was Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University from 2008 to 2017. Prior to his time in St. Louis, he served as a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was also Director of Medical Student Education, Residency Program Director, and Vice Chair.
Dr. Schneider is the founding President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and he serves on the board of directors of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine. He previously served as Chair of the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse, President of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, and Chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians Commission on Public Health.
Dr. Schneider was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018.
Meet Dr. Schneider
Family Medicine Specialist in Dallas
F. David Schneider, M.D., a family physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is nationally recognized for his nearly 30 years of work in the field of family medicine.
Dr. Schneider says family medicine allows him to form deep, long-term relationships with patients.
“I enjoy working with all kinds of people and investigating all types of medical problems,” he says. “Helping people is important to me, and I truly enjoy talking to patients, listening to them, and developing those relationships.”
Advancing Education and Research
Dr. Schneider’s commitment to patient-centered care extends beyond his clinical practice. In joining UT Southwestern as Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, he is leading new initiatives in population health, working with Texas Health Resources to improve the health of the entire North Texas community, as well as initiatives to strengthen the primary care workforce in North Texas and develop a strong family medicine research core at UT Southwestern.
Dr. Schneider has focused much of his academic career on improving medical education. Part of that effort involves fostering a better physician understanding of the factors that can impact a patient’s health, such as violence and victimization, drug and alcohol use, and other sources of toxic stress.
Working with a group of other dedicated physicians, Dr. Schneider helped start the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA), an organization that focuses on violence and toxic stress and its effects on people's health. The AVA is helping to advance education and research into the health effects of violence and victimization on both children and adults.
Greater awareness of the impacts of toxic stress will help to improve the quality of health care, Dr. Schneider explains, because physicians will be working from a more patient-centered perspective.
“Some physicians don’t really want to deal with these issues,” he says. “Sometimes it's easier to just not go there. But when you don't go there, the underlying cause of the problem is never dealt with and the patient doesn’t get better.”
A Community Effort
Combating the effects of toxic stress goes beyond educating physicians; it also requires involvement from the community, as Dr. Schneider discovered during his work with patients in St. Louis.
“I was previously the Chair of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University, where we created an initiative to make St. Louis a trauma-informed community,” he explains. “What that means is educating the community at large about violence and toxic stress and its effects on health, and how we can help people cope with it better, understand it, and not let it affect them in such a negative way.”
The initiative, called Alive and Well St. Louis, included public service announcements to educate St. Louis area residents about toxic stress, along with trainings in health care facilities and schools. Several school districts used it as part of their efforts to recognize and help their students who came from very stressful homes. The program was launched just two months before 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, an event that sparked nationwide protests and reignited conversations about race and what it means to be young and black in America. In March, Dr. Schneider and the AVA convened community-wide summit to teach health care providers in St. Louis how to work with patients to combat the adverse effects of toxic stress.
It’s the type of much-needed work that Dr. Schneider looks forward to doing in the North Texas area as he moves toward his goal of cementing UT Southwestern as one of the top family medicine departments in the country.
- American Academy of Family Physicians (1985)
- Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (1989)
- National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse (2001), (formerly the AMA's National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse)
- Academy on Violence and Abuse (2005)
- Association of Departments of Family Medicine (2008)
A Plan for Useful and Timely Family Medicine and Primary Care Research.
deGruy FV, Ewigman B, DeVoe JE, Hughes L, James P, Schneider FD, Hickner J, Stange K, Van Fossen T, Kuzel AJ, Mullen R Family medicine 2015 Sep 47 8 636-42
Comparison of Medical Diagnoses among Same-Sex and Opposite-Sex-Partnered Patients.
Heiden-Rootes KM, Salas J, Scherrer JF, Schneider FD, Smith CW Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2016 11/12 29 6 688-693
Higher Referrals for Diabetes Education in a Medical Home Model of Care.
Manard WT, Syberg K, Behera A, Salas J, Schneider FD, Armbrecht E, Hooks-Anderson D, Crannage E, Scherrer J Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2016 May-Jun 29 3 377-84
The influence of prescription opioid use duration and dose on development of treatment resistant depression.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Sullivan MD, Schneider FD, Bucholz KK, Burroughs T, Copeland L, Ahmedani B, Lustman PJ Preventive medicine 2016 Oct 91 110-116
Increased Risk of Depression Recurrence After Initiation of Prescription Opioids in Noncancer Pain Patients.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Copeland LA, Stock EM, Schneider FD, Sullivan M, Bucholz KK, Burroughs T, Lustman PJ The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society 2016 Apr 17 4 473-82
Prescription Opioid Duration, Dose, and Increased Risk of Depression in 3 Large Patient Populations.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Copeland LA, Stock EM, Ahmedani BK, Sullivan MD, Burroughs T, Schneider FD, Bucholz KK, Lustman PJ Annals of family medicine 2016 Jan-Feb 14 1 54-62
Patient Portal Use and Blood Pressure Control in Newly Diagnosed Hypertension.
Manard W, Scherrer JF, Salas J, Schneider FD Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine : JABFM 2016 Jul-Aug 29 4 452-9
New depression diagnosis following prescription of codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Bucholz KK, Schneider FD, Burroughs T, Copeland LA, Sullivan MD, Lustman PJ Pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety 2016 May 25 5 560-8
New-onset depression following stable, slow, and rapid rate of prescription opioid dose escalation.
Salas J, Scherrer JF, Schneider FD, Sullivan MD, Bucholz KK, Burroughs T, Copeland LA, Ahmedani BK, Lustman PJ Pain 2017 Feb 158 2 306-312
Do Patient-Centered Medical Homes Improve Health Behaviors, Outcomes, and Experiences of Low-Income Patients? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
van den Berk-Clark C, Doucette E, Rottnek F, Manard W, Prada MA, Hughes R, Lawrence T, Schneider FD Health services research 2017 Jul
Characteristics of new depression diagnoses in patients with and without prior chronic opioid use.
Scherrer JF, Salas J, Schneider FD, Bucholz KK, Sullivan MD, Copeland LA, Ahmedani BK, Burroughs T, Lustman PJ Journal of affective disorders 2017 Mar 210 125-129
- A Plan for Useful and Timely Family Medicine and Primary Care Research.